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Vacancy - Arts Development Manager

Vacancy - Arts Development Manager

17th November 2017

Music In Detention has been taking music-making into immigration detention centres since 2005, and out again into the community since 2007.  We are the only organisation in the UK focused on arts provision in immigration detention, and have pioneered the use of music-making to connect detainees to excluded and stigmatised groups in the community, enabling them to create and exchange music and lyrics with each other and build empathy and solidarity.  We meet their urgent need for self-expression, bring them the joy of creativity and help them to find how much they have in common.

Our new strategy commits us to a major programme of artistic development.  We are recruiting a part-time Arts Development Manager, who will play a key role in this important work.  This is a new post, part-funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

We want MID’s music to amaze and challenge, and to reach a much bigger audience.  Since our work to date has focused mainly on participants, it’s now essential that we develop our audiences and the creative content we want them to experience.  And to develop artistic quality and performance practice we have also to develop our organisation, its artistic leadership and structures.  So the key areas of work for the Arts Development Manager will be:

  • Developing MID’s artistic leadership, policies and practices
  • Piloting ways of reaching new audiences who face barriers to participation in the arts, in places where fear and anxiety about migrants is strong
  • Developing performance practice through new collaborations, to provide audiences with compelling artistic experiences which help change attitudes around migration

So we are looking for an exceptional individual with creative flair, a talent for collaboration, strong organisational skills and an understanding of system change.  Experience of participatory arts programmes and in comparable settings will be an advantage, but ultimately we are most interested in your skills and aptitudes and how you have acquired them, and less concerned with matching your experience to ours.  Equally, if you’re a practitioner that will certainly be relevant, but the key thing is that you will understand our artistic practice, see how it might be developed, and have the ability to get everyone in MID to be a part of those changes.

The post will be 18.75 hours per week (0.5 FTE) and the salary will be £36,360 pro rata. 

Application is by application form.  The deadline is 1.00pm on Thursday 7th December.

For more information please download the application pack documents below.

Background information

Job description

Person specification

Application form

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